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« Reply #20 on: September 02, 2012 01:21:55 PM »

Those are all great ideas!  Thanks for sharing!  Smiley 

I had a coworker give me several garbage bags full of fabric, all kinds.  I won't need to buy interfacing for a long time!  I also got a bag full of thread from my great grandmother's stash after she died.  It is definitely lasting.

Another great idea is looking for wholesale supplies on places like ebay.  A few years ago I got like 200 zippers for like $24 shipped or something?  I still have a ton left.
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« Reply #21 on: September 04, 2012 01:01:52 PM »

Be sure to check your thread...if it is 100% cotton or even rayon, it can weaken with age and not hold together when you sew...personally, I have used thread from my great grandmother's stash with no problems, so I am not sure if that is an urban myth just to make us buy more thread or what... Cheesy

Wholesale places are great!  I buy iron-on interfacing for $1.99 a yard, 60 inches wide....at Joann's it is $3.99 and only 32 inches wide!
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« Reply #22 on: February 13, 2013 10:59:34 AM »

Another good tip is to use wrapping paper to make patterns or trace them, it is cheap right after xmas and plenty big; you can even code them by paper pattern
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« Reply #23 on: February 13, 2013 06:16:07 PM »

Silk thread rots, too--someone gave me dozens of spools of fabulous colors of silk thread, and every spool was bad to the core.  Sad.

Be sure to check your thread...if it is 100% cotton or even rayon, it can weaken with age and not hold together when you sew...personally, I have used thread from my great grandmother's stash with no problems, so I am not sure if that is an urban myth just to make us buy more thread or what... Cheesy

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« Reply #24 on: February 18, 2013 05:20:06 PM »

I didn't know that about silk thread. Thanks for the info.
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« Reply #25 on: February 19, 2013 10:02:50 AM »

That is so sad about your silk threads!
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« Reply #26 on: February 21, 2013 06:18:09 PM »

Ouch!  Rotting silk thread.  Great info, not a fun situation...sorry.
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« Reply #27 on: March 06, 2013 01:27:01 PM »

Love all these ideas and other suggestions. I've used tisuue paper, wrapping paper and unprinted newspaper to make patterns before. I almost always seem to have those things laying around. Wink
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« Reply #28 on: March 08, 2013 01:32:10 PM »

I did not think to use old ugly or worn out wrapping paper for patterns...I have a few rolls since I now use mostly gift bags and tissue paper or give gift cards...I need to make a pattern this weekend..thanks for that tip, Kaymar!
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« Reply #29 on: March 18, 2013 01:51:04 PM »

You know that big stash fabrics and stuff  you wonder about why you bought it ??

I trade them
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